HDF Grantmaking

For the 2017 grantmaking cycle, HDF will support programs and projects in early education through the Early Education Funders Collaborative, and directly support general education programs for K-12 and beyond to increase academic achievement and participation by Latino children and families. HDF will also support programs and projects to meet new needs within the Latino immigrant community in the wake of major policy changes. 

HDF will continue to assess grantmaking priorities on a year-to-year basis. 

2017 Grant Opportunities

Early Education

The Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund believes that all Latino children should have access to high quality early education to prepare them for a lifetime of school and career success. For the 2017 grant cycle, the Hispanic Development Fund will fund programs and projects in this area through the Early Education Funders Collaborative. Please apply by March 13, 2017. HDF will reassess grantmaking priorities next year; please check back for any changes.

 

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K-12 and Beyond

The Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund believes that all Latino children should have access to high quality education. Therefore, the Hispanic Development Fund released a Request for Proposals to identify organizations, programs and/or projects designed to increase academic achievement as well as increase the college readiness, persistence and college graduation of Latino students in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

 

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Immigrant Relief

The Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund is seeking applications from organizations interested in increasing the number of immigrants applying for immigration benefits regarding legal status, including, but not limited to, naturalization. HDF also seeks proposals to build a coordinated, citywide infrastructure for effective outreach to immigrant populations in the wake of major policy changes.

 

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Past Grants

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  • Bethel Neighborhood Association - Bethel Youth Program
  • Cristo Rey - Supporting Persistence to College Graduation
  • El Centro Inc. -  After School and Summer Program | Academy for Children
  • Foundation of the Metropolitan Community College - Building a Career Pathway for Spanish Interpreters
  • Kansas City Kansas School Foundation - Padres Comprometidos: Engaging Latino Parents for Long-Term Student Success | Latinos Hacia Adelante
  • Mattie Rhodes Center - LEAP 4K Learning, Engaging and Preparing for Kindergarten
  • Olathe Northwest High School - Hispanic Leadership Academy
  • Olathe Public Schools Foundation - Hispanic Supporting Care Providers
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  • El Centro Inc. - After School & Summer Program|Academy for Children Continuous Quality Improvement
  • Guadalupe Center Inc. - Early Childhood Education Expansion
  • MCC Foundation - Building a Career Pathway for Spanish-Interpreters
  • Mattie Rhodes Center - LEAP 4 K - Learning, Engaging and Preparing for Kindergarten
  • Olathe Northwest High School - Hispanic Leadership Academy
  • Olathe Public Schools Foundation - Hispanic Supporting Care Providers Through Personal Visits

Initiative Updates

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The Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund recently partnered with the Migration Policy Institute to conduct a landscape analysis to better understand our region's changing demographics. Use the following links to download the fact sheet, presentation and infographic summary.

Fact Sheet: Immigration to the Heartland: A Profile of Immigrants in the Kansas City Region
Presentation: Immigrants in the Kansas City Region
Infographic: Immigrants in the Kansas City Region

 

We’re excited about our new initiatives working with families about their legal rights as residents. The Hispanic Development Fund received a matching grant from the Open Society Foundation to fund work around Administrative Relief. These grants were in anticipation of the implementation of President Obama’s administrative relief programs: the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Legal Permanent Residents (DAPA).

The original DACA has been in effect since 2012. Although expansion to DACA and DAPA were announced in 2014, they have never been implemented because of an ongoing lawsuit regarding their constitutionality. This year it was a widespread belief that the Supreme Court would finally bring this case to a close by ruling on the program’s constitutionality. However, a vacant seat in the Supreme Court resulted in a split decision which has left the issue of constitutionality unresolved.

Although this has proven to be a challenge, recipients of the Administrative Relief grants have not lost momentum. El Centro, Inc. of Kansas City, KS and Legal Aid of Western Missouri have used their grant awards from HDF to help residents on both sides of the state line apply for citizenship and subsequently register to vote. Their efforts include citizenship clinics, informational sessions and canvassing events. The KS/MO DREAM Alliance has been able to continue working on administrative relief by assisting those local residents who are eligible for the original DACA program through outreach events and DACA clinics. 

Our grantees have proven that they are committed to making Kansas City a better place for all residents through their hard work and perseverance. The Hispanic Development Fund is proud to be able to be a part of their success and is looking forward to the great work they will continue to do in our community.